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Hana Yori Dango (2005), an official adaptation

Meteor-Shower

Meteor Shower (2009), an unlicensed adaptation

Boys Over Flowers is a long-running shojo manga by Yoko Kamio. First published in 1992,[1] the series has spawned and inspired many adaptations, including a film, an anime, and many television series. The first live-action television adaptation, titled Meteor Garden, was produced in Taiwan in 2001.[2] It was followed by Meteor Rain (2001)[3] and Meteor Garden II (2002). Two Japanese adaptations, Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango Returns, were released in 2005 and 2007. The Japanese series ended with a 2008 film, Hana Yori Dango Final.[1] In 2009, the manga was adapted into a successful Korean drama,[4] which was followed by a short music drama.[5] A remake of Meteor Garden was released in 2018.[6]

The premise of Boys Over Flowers has gained a considerable popularity, probably due to its many adaptations. As such, this has lead to production of several unlicensed and loosely-based versions. Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002, 2017), Meteor Shower (2009), Boys Before Friends (2013), and Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014) are the best known examples.

Official

Japan

Taiwan

  • Meteor Garden (2001): made in Taiwan, the series was also the first television drama adaptation of Boys Over Flowers.[18] The drama propelled Barbie Hsu, Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, and Ken Chu into super stardom,[19] compelling the four male leads to form the idol band, F4, now known as JVKV.[20] Meteor Garden was a huge success and gained a fanbase in several countries throughout Asia.
  • Meteor Rain (2001): a four-episode follow-up to Meteor Garden. Each episode of the series follows a different F4 member, except Vic Chou, who was busy filming something else.[21] It aired in late 2001, shortly after the end of Meteor Garden. Peien Chien, Aisa Senda, and Mai Sato guest starred in the series.
  • Meteor Garden II (2002): the sequel to Meteor Garden. Unlike its predecessor, the sequel is only partially based on Boys Over Flowers.[22] It aired on CTS in 2002.[23] The lead cast was joined by Michelle Saram, who played a rival to Barbie Hsu's Shan Cai.[24]

South Korea

China

Unlicensed and loosely-based

Note: the following television series are not official adaptations, but resemble Boys Over Flowers enough to be considered either unlicensed/unauthorized or loosely-based.
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta (2002): an Indonesian drama that aired in 2002. Early on, the series was accused by fans and the media of plagiarizing Meteor Garden.[30] Several other Indonesian series have similarly been accused of copying the Japanese and Korean adaptations.
  • Meteor Shower (2009): an unlicensed Chinese adaptation that aired August 2009. The series' creators have since stated that Meteor Shower is an "original work" and is only inspired by the manga.[31] It was followed by a second season in August 2010, and was later adapted into an animated series and a manhua.
  • Boys Before Friends (2013): a web, loosely-based American version of Boys Over Flowers.[32] The production was plagued with constant casting changes[33] and concluded after six episodes.
  • Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan (2014): an Indian youth soap that was adapted from the Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers.[34] The series ended on December 31, 2015[35] with over three-hundred episodes.
  • Siapa Takut Jatuh Cinta Reborn (2017): a remake of the 2002 Indonesian series. The project was first announced in mid-2017,[36] before premiering on November 13, 2017 on SCTV.[37]

Similar themes

Note: the following television series are not considered adaptations in any capacity, but have been remarked by fans as similar to the original manga or any of its adaptations.
  • Inikah Cinta? (2006): a thirty-three episode soap opera possibly adapted from Hana Yori Dango.[38]
  • Cinta Bersemi di Putih Abu-Abu: The Series (2012): a thirty-four episode series that resembles the Korean drama adaption.[39][40]
  • Güneşi Beklerken (2013): a Turkish soap that aired for fifty-four episodes from July 2013 to July 2014.[41] Like Boys Over Flowers, the series features a strong female lead that stands up to two rich boys.[42]
  • Moon River (2015): a Taiwanese drama based on a popular novel[43] that shares a similar premise with Boys Over Flowers.[44] It follows transfer student, Ming Xiao Si, and her run-ins with the school's exclusive clique, the "Elite Union".[45]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box
  2. Hana Yori Dango FF
  3. http://www.f4.tv/mg/mr/staff.html (Japanese)
  4. http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2009/02/135_39265.html
  5. http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/05/one-more-yes-more-boys-before-flowers-special-video/
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.sohu.com/a/238269854_114780 (Chinese)
  7. Boys Over Flowers volume 10, side-columns
  8. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/cast.html (Japanese)
  9. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/story.html (Japanese)
  10. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/message/ (Japanese)
  11. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/cast/ (Japanese)
  12. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-20/1995-rui-actor-to-star-in-new-boys-over-flowers-film
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-02/hana-yori-dango-gets-korean-live-action-tv-remake
  14. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-01-05/2008-top-domestic-movies-at-japanese-box-office
  15. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2015/04/hana-yori-dango-to-get-a-musical-play-adaptation
  16. http://www.theaterguide.co.jp/theater_news/2015/08/20.php (Japanese)
  17. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-08-17/boys-over-flowers-musical-cast-revealed/.91784
  18. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2014-06-10/live-action-korean-and-taiwanese-adaptations-of-manga-you-might-not-know-about/.73287
  19. http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/04/02/14/meteor-garden-stars-then-and-now
  20. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-05-14/boys-over-flowers-forces-f4-idol-band-to-rename-itself
  21. http://asianwiki.com/Meteor_Rain
  22. https://star.ettoday.net/news/905217 (Chinese)
  23. https://www.dramafever.com/news/9-manga-that-were-remade-again-and-again-and-again/
  24. http://dramaqueenreview.blogspot.com/2013/11/tdrama-review-meteor-garden-2.html
  25. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/art/2008/12/135_36591.html
  26. http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/03/boys-before-flowers-episode-25-final/
  27. http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/11/rounding-out-the-boys-before-flowers-cast/
  28. http://ameblo.jp/hanadan-musical/entry-12219814286.html (Japanese)
  29. http://ameblo.jp/hanadan-musical/entry-12237166997.html (Japanese)
  30. http://anisaeffendy.blogspot.com/2012/12/meteor-garden-vs-siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta.html (Indonesian)
  31. http://zixun.hunantv.com/hntv/20090124/182668.html (Chinese)
  32. http://www.dramafever.com/news/21-questions-about-the-american-boys-over-flowers-remake-answered/
  33. http://internationalfangirl.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-latest-leads-of-boys-before-friends.html
  34. http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/parth-samthaan-bid-adieu-kaisi-yeh-yaariyan-dilwale-shahrukh-style-pic-208589.html
  35. http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/kaisi-yeh-yaariyan-parth-nandhini-led-show-to-come-to-an-end-208496.html
  36. https://www.popmagz.com/siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta-reborn-wilona-dengan-verrell-atau-aliando-16756/ (Indonesian)
  37. https://www.popmagz.com/siapa-takut-jatuh-cinta-sctv-tayang-hari-ini-fans-bilang-bosan-18307/ (Indonesian)
  38. http://jazzymu.blogspot.com/2011/03/plagiarisme-dalam-dunia-musik-dan.html (Indonesian)
  39. http://www.tabloidbintang.com/articles/asia/bollywood/17968-boys-before-flowers-versi-india-seperti-ini-lho-dibintangi-artis-mahabharata (Indonesian)
  40. http://www.slidegossip.com/2012/06/sinopsis-dan-daftar-artis-pemain-ftv_12.html (Indonesian)
  41. Güneşi Beklerken on Turkish Wikipedia
  42. https://prezi.com/jsi2swgfpvxy/gunesi-beklerken-and-boys-over-flowerss-similarities-and-di/
  43. http://www.everythingsweet.me/2016/03/drama-review-moon-river.html
  44. http://fishy2love.blogspot.com/2015/09/moon-river-makes-me-nostalgic-as-i.html
  45. http://mydramalist.com/article/2015/10/06/currently-watching-moon-river

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